November 1995

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Herbert A. Wisbey's account of Bolton Brown who was born in Dresden, New York, and spent his childhood years across Seneca Lake in Burdett begins this issue. Bolton Brown distinguished himself as a painter and a lithographer, and as a founder of the Woodstock artists colony. Herbert A. Wisbey, Jr. is author of Pioneer Prophetess (1964), a biography of Jemima Wilkinson, and The Sodus Shaker Community (1982). He is professor emeritus of American History at Elmira College.

Robert V. Anderson's Election Stories includes is a tale that was related to him years ago about a loyal party man in Steuben County who always set up an election pole in his yard to show his affiliation. Robert Anderson told this story in a different form as "Granddad Raises A Pole" in the Winter, 1957, New York Folklore Quarterly. Robert Anderson is emeritus professor of political science at Utica College, Syracuse University. He lives in New Hartford, NY.

David D. Robinson recounts the story of Canisteo Castle, a settlement with many solidly-built houses along the Canisteo River that in the 17th century sheltered fugitives. He draws on firsthand accounts, archŠological studies of the site, and references by historians to piece together what is known about "Canisteo Castle." David Robinson wrote about the mysterious ruin on Bluff Point in issue 68, November, 1993. He lives at Swain, NY.

John Rezelman adds November to his year-long review of the 1888 diary of farmer T. N. Smith. John Rezelman has written about village barns, in our November 1992 issue, about pioneer barns in our March 1993 issue, and 19th and 20th century barns in the April and May 1993 issues. He lives in Bath, NY, on a large lot with several small barns.

Barbara Bell contributes another chapter from Letters to Suzanna. This month's letter is about building a barn, butchering, and Grandmother's coming to visit. Barbara Bell has just been named "Outstanding Historian of New York State for 1995" by the Association of Municipal Historians. Mrs. Bell has been Historian for Schuyler County, and Reading Town for many years, and has been an energizer for the Schuyler County Historical Society. She lives in Irelandville.

Next Issue

The November issue will have eulogies by Robert Koch and Bill Kauffman to Henry Clune who was born in Rochester and wrote many stories about his city and the Genesee Country. There will be more from T. N. Smith's diary with John Rezelman's comments and another chapter from Barbara Bell's Letters to Suzanna.

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